Join us and the Louisiana Architecture Foundation for a book talk at the Contemporary Arts Center with award-winning architectural critic and biographer Mark Lamster presenting his recent book, THE MAN IN THE GLASS HOUSE: : Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century - in conversation with John Klingman. A booksigning will follow.
A "smoothly written and fair-minded" (Wall Street Journal) biography of architect Philip Johnson - a finalist for the National Book Critic's Circle Award

When Philip Johnson died in 2005 at the age of 98, he was still one of the most recognizable--and influential--figures on the American cultural landscape. The first recipient of the Pritzker Prize and MoMA's founding architectural curator, Johnson made his mark as one of America's leading architects with his famous Glass House in New Caanan, CT, and his controversial AT&T Building in NYC, among many others in nearly every city in the country--but his most natural role was as a consummate power broker and shaper of public opinion.
Johnson introduced European modernism--the sleek, glass-and-steel architecture that now dominates our cities--to America, and mentored generations of architects, designers, and artists to follow. He defined the era of "starchitecture" with its flamboyant buildings and celebrity designers who esteemed aesthetics and style above all other concerns. But Johnson was also a man of deep paradoxes: he was a Nazi sympathizer, a designer of synagogues, an enfant terrible into his old age, a populist, and a snob. His clients ranged from the Rockefellers to televangelists to Donald Trump.
Award-winning architectural critic and biographer Mark Lamster's The Man in the Glass House lifts the veil on Johnson's controversial and endlessly contradictory life to tell the story of a charming yet deeply flawed man. A rollercoaster tale of the perils of wealth, privilege, and ambition, this book probes the dynamics of American culture that made him so powerful, and tells the story of the built environment in modern America.

Mark Lamster is the award-winning architectural critic of the Dallas Morning News, a professor in the architecture school at the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Loeb Fellow of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His writing appears regularly in national magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He is a native of New York and now lives with his family in Dallas.

John P. Klingman, Emeritus architecture professor at Tulane University. In 2001 received the President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, Tulane’s highest teaching honor; he has received the annual Tulane School of Architecture Outstanding Teaching Award multiple times. Frequently called upon by local and national media to discuss architecture in New Orleans, he is a regular architecture critic in the city, writing an annual “Best of New New Orleans Architecture” article since 1997 for New Orleans Magazine.

Event date: 

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 7:30pm to 8:15pm

Event address: 

Contemporary Arts Center - 900 Camp Street - New Orleans, LA 70130
The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316126434
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 6th, 2018

A "smoothly written and fair-minded" (Wall Street Journal) biography of architect Philip Johnson--a finalist for the National Book Critic's Circle Award

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